Casinos: Going beyond the ballad with Michael Bolton

Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 - 6:30 pm

Some images just endure. Many people still have a picture in their minds of Michael Bolton with long 1980s hair, crooning love ballads. The love ballads endure but in the course of the past decades Bolton has recorded in so many genres and with so many other artists he is easily one of the most versatile entertainers out there, as he will prove in his appearance tonight at Cache Creek Casino Resort appearance tonight in Brooks.

Michael Bolton has sold more than 53 million albums and singles. Only a few, such as “When a Man Loves a Woman,” his Grammy winner from the album “Time, Love, and Tenderness,” or “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” which won another Grammy from his breakthrough album “Soul Provider,” fit in the ballad category.

He has also provided tribute albums like “Bolton Swings Sinatra” and this year’s tribute to Motown, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” He co-wrote and recorded “Steel Bars” with Bob Dylan and has an album out of operatic arias.

In fact, when it comes to predicting what Bolton will sing onstage, only one song is a given. Ever since he appeared with Luciano Pavarotti, he has included “Nessun Dorma” in almost every concert. (9 p.m.; $69, $79, $89;

It’s a busy week for Bolton. After Cache Creek he heads to Reno for his annual Michael Bolton Charities fundraiser Sunday at the Eldorado. He’ll appear with Dave Mason and Richard Marx; emceeing will be John O’Hurley (J. Peterman on “Seinfeld”), and an auction will be overseen by Dan and Laura Dotson of “Storage Wars.” This one is more expensive (5 p.m.; $300;

Some Latin rock ’n’ roll takes over at Cache Creek on Saturday with Malo, whose “Suavecito” has been called the Chicano National Anthem. (8 p.m.; $20 or free with players card)

“Regeneration Tour: The Premium ’80s Tour” is the official name of Saturday’s show at Thunder Valley in Lincoln. The cast, however, says it all – Andy Bell of Erasure, Howard Jones, Berlin with Terri Nunn, and Men Without Hats. (6:30 p.m.; $34.50, $39.50, $49.50, $59.50, $74.50;

Last year, Nevada wildlife officials sanctioned the Tahoe Lobster Co. to be the first commercial operation to harvest crawfish. All day Saturday, the MontBleu will host its inaugural Boil ’n’ Fry Festival, its own version of a New Orleans crawdad celebration. The event takes place in the hotel’s Outdoor Events Center and will feature carnival games (a $250 beanbag toss competition, croquet, bocce, dunk tank) five bands, and fried, boiled and barbecued fresh-water crustaceans. It all starts at 1 p.m. and is all-you-can-eat for $15 adults, $8 children 6 to 15. (Visit

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